Goosander, Steve Round (rspb-images.com)
While the thaw has shifted much of the snow, the reserve, constantly in the shadow of Vane hill at this time of year, remains mostly iced over. Two goosander have joined the teal in some open water close to the loch shore. One of the 2009 released white-tailed eagles continues to patrol the ice both on foot and with brief shallow circling swoops.
Vane continues to offer stunning news in our current icy blast. Visitors venturing out over the festive period should note our opening times.
Christmas Eve - 10am - 3 pm
Christmas Day and Boxing Day - closed
27th - 30th December - 10am - 4 pm
31st December - 10am - 3 pm
1st and 2nd January - closed
3rd and 4th January - 10 am - 4 pm
Ben Hall (rspb-images.com)
The arctic conditions have seen off many of the varieties normally occupying the loch and wetlands, but an uncommon dipper (above) was reported on the river bank off to the east. A solitary redshank conitues to eke out his living while an immobile flock of whooper swans resemble ice-bound yachts. One almost guaranteed daily sighting continues to be our sea eagle, unmissable against a frozen white backdrop.
Chris is currently back in the Isle of Skye....the arrow marks his house....Back at Vane Farm in January!
Mark Hamblin (rspb-images.com)
A white-tailed eagle has been slithering over the frozen loch for most of the day. Less dramatically, but equally enjoyable, have been the excellent views of brambling (above), siskin and tree sparrows - all from the warmth and comfort of the cafe.